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Philip Michael Thomas (1949)

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Philip Michael Thomas is an American actor. Thomas's most famous role is that of detective Ricardo Tubbs on the hit 1980s TV series Miami Vice. His first notable roles were in Coonskin and opposite Irene Cara in the 1976 film Sparkle. After his success in Miami Vice, Thomas appeared in numerous made-for-TV movies and advertisements for telephone psychic services. He served as a spokesperson for cell phone entertainment company Nextones, and supplied the voice for the character Lance Vance on the video games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

Thomas is of mixed race, with German, Native American, African American and Irish ancestry.

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 music career
In 1985, Thomas recorded a music album titled Living the Book of My Life. It sold poorly and failed to produce a hit single. Thomas performed the title song of his album during the 1985 episode of Miami Vice "The Maze." The episode "Trust Fund Pirates" featured another of his songs, "La Mirada." Thomas's Miami Vice costar Don Johnson recorded an album shortly afterward titled Heartbeat. Although Johnson's album was more successful , both albums are considered prime examples of the hubris of successful performers.

Thomas followed up in 1988 with a second album, Somebody. It also failed to produce a hit and sold poorly. In 1993, Thomas teamed with Kathy Rahill to compose My, My, Miam...i, which was chosen as the city of Miami's theme song. That same year, Thomas teamed with Jamaican fitness instructor Sandi Morais to compose songs for a family-friendly musical titled Sacha, which enjoyed runs in south Florida and New York. The two formed the Magic Cookie Production Company. Thomas produced the music for Morais's fitness videos in 2001 and 2006.

Thomas also created a music video called "Just the Way I Planned It". He was in the original San Francisco cast of Hair, and played the alto saxophone in several episodes of Miami Vice.

 television work
  • Toma
  • Good Times
  • The Beasts Are On the Streets
  • Roots: The Next Generations
  • Lawman Without a Gun
  • Valentine
  • Miami Vice (1984–1990)
  • A Fight for Jenny
  • False Witness
  • Zorro: Pride of the Pueblo
  • A Little Piece of Sunshine
  • Detective Extralarge: Moving Target
  • Detective Extralarge: Miami Killer
  • Detective Extralarge: Magic Power
  • Detective Extralarge: Jo-Jo
  • Detective Extralarge: Cannonball
  • Detective Extralarge: Black Magic
  • Detective Extralarge: Black and White
  • Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter
  • We Are Angels

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